CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Research proves that exercise could help cancer patients and survivors.

University of Illinois researches say cancer is associated with physical activity and cognition. 

They found working out helps the patients become less tired. 

WCIA spoke with one of the researchers via Skype who says this is only the beginning. 

“Cognitive impairment due to cancer is becoming increasingly reported among cancer patients and survivors, regardless of the cancer site. We’re really hoping this is just kind of a springboard for more research,” says postdoctoral researcher, Diane Ehlers. 

The next step for the research includes a larger group of diverse women.